Three separate Conservative MPs, including the shadow Finance Minister Pierre Poilievre, have asked the auditor general to probe the Trudeau government's $900 million taxpayer-funded contract.
These Conservatives are calling for an investigation into the Trudeau government's decision to give a contract to the WE Charity. The contract, the government has suggested, will help students find work during the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite this, the Conservative Party has argued that this contract undermines Parliament's authority to scrutinize this policy. As well as this, it is unclear why this contract was given to the WE Charity, instead of being managed by civil servants.
"By outsourcing this program to a third party, the proper channels for Opposition scrutiny, the very bedrock of our parliamentary democracy, have been circumvented," wrote the letter.
One possible explanation for this is the prime minister's close connection to the We Charity. Justin Trudeau, for instance, has attended many WE events, and his wife hosts one of the charity's podcasts.
Conservative leadership candidate Erin O'Toole pointed out Trudeau's connections to the charity, saying "Trudeau just gave a massive contract to an organization with direct ties to his family and the Liberal Party."
"Canada has 300K civil servants who can tackle this job. Once again, Trudeau fights for his friends," added O'Toole.
This $900 million is just another expense in Canada's eye-watering pandemic relief spending which begun a few months ago. This year, Canada's national debt is expected to reach an unprecedented $1 trillion.